In "To Kill a Mockingbird," how is Tom Robinson’s account of the events different from Mayella’s and Bob’s? What do we learn about Tom Robinson?Chappter 19 " To Kill a...

In "To Kill a Mockingbird," how is Tom Robinson’s account of the events different from Mayella’s and Bob’s? What do we learn about Tom Robinson?

Chappter 19 " To Kill a Mockingbird"

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Jessica Akcinar eNotes educator| Certified Educator

According to Tom, whilke on his way home from work, he entered the Ewell home in order to help Mayella dispose of a piece of furniture after she asked for his assistance. Once in the home, Mayella hugged and kissed Tom, and he got scared. At that moment, Bob entered and witnessed what transpired. Tom ran away, but not before he witnessed Bob hit Mayella.

Mayella's account was similar, but she stated that Tom hit on her and not the other way around. She furthers the accusations by stating that Tom raped and beat her. She then said that her father rescued her just in time and rejected the idea that he hit her. On the contrary, she said Tom was the aggressor. Bob's account was similar to Mayella's.

During this testimony, we realize that Tom is a good man. He wants to help others and even rejects the money Mayella offers him. He states that he feels sorry for Mayella because she is lonely and lives a sad life. People are shocked to hear that a black man feels sorry for a white woman, and they take offense to that, which is another strike against Tom.

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